Joliet Central High School alumna Hanah Narine graduated in May 2019 and recently contacted her high school teacher, Dale West, to let him know that his lessons helped her immensely in her first semester at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
In one of her studio courses, Narine had to make stairs that reached different levels in between two structures.
In a news release from Joliet Central, Narine said, “Dale West was an inspirational high school teacher. He saw the potential I had as an architect and put me in his advanced class, which allowed me do my own types of projects.
“Being able to do my own types of projects let me find out what I liked doing and learn a very useful software.
“He also encouraged me to participate in the statewide drafting competition in which I took first place in regional and second place in state.
“Mr. West saw potential in me that I did not see in myself, which has made me a more confident person in my field.”
She took West’s Tech CAD class as a junior and then took West’s Advanced Drafting class her senior year. Students in the advanced drafting class have open access to 3D printers, a laser cutter, a vacuum former and other power tools to bring their projects and prototypes to life.
Hanah learned how to use Autodesk Revit in West’s advanced drafting class to create residential floor plans and 3D models.
This is the same software architects are using in the industry and the same software the architects used to design the new student center at Joliet Central.
She also transferred these skills into creating a physical model of her residential design.
Now a student at Illinois Institute of Technology, Narine is currently studying for a bachelor’s in architecture.
“Illinois Institute of Technology is very different from other schools,” Narine said in the news release.
“I do not have to take any general education classes. I just have to take one humanities class every year.
“Also, in my field I only need to take two math classes and one physics class, which are very basic. All of my other classes are architecture classes.
“I love being in classes that are in my field. I think my time at Joliet Central was very valuable, and I learned a lot there.”